All I can make are idiot socks

Dear Lindsay,

As I write this, it is Saturday morning here, but it’s a couple of hours into Sunday where you are, so I want to wish you a happy birthday. Enjoy that breakfast sausage; you’ve earned it.

As you can see, I’ve gotten nowhere trying to keep up with our KAL, but I have managed to do a bit of knitting. These are socks for my lovely friend who sends me the Advanced Reader Copy of books by an author you don’t read. She sends me the new book every year, several months before it’s published, and I read it, send it back to her, and periodically I knit something as a thank you. These are pretty standard top-down, 64 stitches around, on 2.25 mm DPNs but with a short-row heel (wrap and turn method) because I like the way W&T looks in self-striping yarn. She hasn’t said if they fit her yet, but I’m really hoping they do; I had to go by her shoe size.

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These are new socks for me. I broke down and got past the hyperbole and spent $1 on the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern. I dutifully made my cardboard foot tracing and used the formula to determine when to start the heel, and what do you know? It actually worked well. This sock is toe-up on a 2.25 mm circular needle, and I hit the sweet spot in length because I finished the bind off about 24 inches from where is started the toe, so I can make the stripes match.

(I’ve now edited and added the picture of the heel. It fits very well, and it meets my need for symmetry by looking virtually identical on both sides, something that most other short-row heels do not).

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In looking at my Ravelry notebook, I’ve completed only 4 projects this year, none of them particularly challenging. I would love to be able to knit more, and I’ve started some other projects, only to frog them, and I’ve swatched a few things as well, but nothing’s come of any of the swatches. Someday, though, hopefully within the next 6 months, I will graduate with my BS, and I will have more time to knit and to read for pleasure. In the meantime, I’m making socks that do not require me to think and knocking off the occasional dishcloth or baby sweater. I will, someday, be ready to finish our epic KAL.

Did I mention that I’m starting to think pretty seriously about getting an MBA in Healthcare Management through WGU?

Anyway, I miss you a lot, and I wish you the happiest possible birthday.